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he urged supporters to pursue peaceful democratic change. zelaya ha been in exile in the dominican republic but reached the deal with the hon dour ran government which allowed him to return. out with the food pyramid. in with a dinner plate. that is the brand new icon of healthy eating that the agriculture department is going to unveil this coming thursday. what's prompting the makeover and what does it mean? we'll tell you about that ahead in this newscast. and a quick sports note for you. barcelona defeated manchester united 3-1 today to capture european financial's biggest prize at london's wembley stadium. americans call it soccer, but true fans know regardless of what you call it it's a huge win victory for barcelona. just hours from now president obama will be on the ground in joplin, missouri. it will be his first look at what's left of that devastated city. 142 people lost their lives in
last sunday's terrible tornado, another 100 are still missing. yet amid this widespread destruction cnn's casey wian found people already starting to rebuild. >> reporter: it's difficult to find signs of hope amid so much death and destruction, but one man is already starting to rebuild his wife's business. >> this is america and we're going to rebuild it. >> reporter: four days after a historic tornado demolished much of joplin, missouri -- >> why don't you cut them and put them underneath. >> reporter: contractor darren collins started construction on the first new building to emerge from the rubble. >> at some point we're going to have to start scratching our heads and staring at the rubble and roll up our sleeves and get things back to some north of normalcy. >> reporter: he's rebuilding his wife's beauty salon which he built once before 17 years ago. on tuesday collins discussed the idea with shocked city officials. wednesday they gave him the okay to start, and thursday
construction began. >> we've had just an enormous outpouring of generosity and help to get prepared to get back to this point. the city has been great, the city of joplin has allowed us a permit in record time. >> reporter: there's still no electricity in this part of joplin. the substation across the street remains in ruins so a generator powers the tools. >> time to roll up our sleeves and do what we can do to move on with our lives. >> reporter: passers by continue actually stop to encourage support. >> i had two police officers stop by and say, man, we want to shake your hand. the first glimmer of hope we've really seen towards the town rebuilding. >> reporter: four nearby homes that collins built in the past year are in ruins. already he has at least six projects waiting to be rebuilt. >> my heart and prayers go out to everyone who did lose loved ones and i hate for it to come to something like this to bring business to the area, but i believe everyone around here will surprise everyone in the country with the rate that we can come back.
>> reporter: after so much tragedy and so much devastation. collins takes solace in the cross that remains standing in the rubble of st. mary's church across the street and in the support he's received from his community. >> i thank god to live in such a place. >> all of those pictures were shot thursday afternoon, the day he began construction. we went by the site again today and shot new pictures of just how far he's come. it's already got a roof on that structure. he hopes to be back in business in 45 days. >> thanks. we want to show you these images from our ireporters on the ground. brian smith shot these in the days following the severe tornado. he wrote it was very surreal, almost as if a bomb had exploded and destroyed everything. neighbors looking out for each other and some had taken shelter with each other from monday's storms in what was left of their homes. residents, he said, seemed confused and eager for any information that i had.
in atlanta today a routine flight turned scary for people on board a delta flight out of pittsburgh. an md-88 with more than 40 passengers and 5 crew members on board caught fire shortly after landing at hartsfield-jackson international airport. the airline says nobody hurt. george howell of our affiliate wsb talked with one of the passengers on board. >> reporter: emergency crews responded to delta flight 2284 from pittsburgh after officials say the brakes overheated on the taxiway causing a fire. >> they kept telling us they were assessing the situation and when the fire broke out, they opened the doors and we went down the emergency chutes. >> reporter: kathleen was one of the 42 passengers on board. >> the pilot was able to control the plane and got it stopped but then there was a burning smell and the right side of the plane caught on fire. >> reporter: she says it was a bumpy landing. passengers were evacuated on the taxiway and bused to the
terminal. investigators say the plane will be taken to be examined at a maintenance facility. >> i'm lucky, i have my stuff with me and i'm going home, but there are people that were flying to paris and other places and it's going to be a long time until they get their luggage. they said it's a national safety board investigation. >> the fda is unveiling a new food pair mid to help consumers with their health. we're going to have a live report. and take a look at this. snow on memorial day weekend. almost june, folks. we're going to tell you where it is and why it's part of a wacky weather system. first though a quick note for some of our troops overseas this memorial day weekend. >> this is staff sergeant amanda ford in iraq. i just want to give a shout out to my husband currenly located at ft. bradd, north carolina, and i also want to say thank you to all those serving in the military and words cannot express the gratitude i feel for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving today in iraq and afghanistan. thank you so much.
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>> reporter: it is. that is the case. the evacuation has been lifted. air quality around the area has checked out. roads are also -- they were closed earlier, also being opened back up. this fire was really contained to the storage portion of the plant. i'm told by the fire chief that this could have been a whole lot worse because of the chemicals that they were dealing with here at this plant. >> i assume nobody has been hurt. do they know why it started? >> that is also under investigation. no one was hurt. the plant was not operating at the time. but two firefighters did have to be treated for heat related illnesses. >> all right, kay, thank you so much. that was kay johnson with wbtv, our affiliate in charlotte. a lot of us grew up with the food pyramid as a guide post. now it's getting a radical makeover. let's find out from elizabeth cohen who joins us by phone.
what's this all about ? >> reporter: drew, there's been a lot of complaints about the food pyramid so now the federal government is coming up with a new icon, and we're told by the usda that it is a plate, like a dinner plate. we presume it will be divided into sections that will show you how much of the different types of food you should be eating. >> what was wrong with the pyramid? >> reporter: you know, the pyramid, to put it gently is not considered a great public health success. you don't look at it and think oh, i get it, now i know how to eat right. it was confusing and divided into a lot of intricate sections. one of the biggest criticisms is that the stuff you weren't supposed to eat so much of like sweets and sugars were at the top of the pyramid which is counterintuitive. >> what is the next step? they are supposed to roll this out and who do they roll it out to? >> reporter: they roll it out to the american public later this week and it's supposed to replace the food pair midin the same way the food pir mitt replaced the four food groups that many of us grew up with. >> i have to ask you, i don't
think i have ever made a meal or made a food decision based on a food pyramid. i doubt i'm going to do it on a food plate. what the heck is this for? >> reporter: you know, drew, the cynicism i hear in your voice, i think that it is warranted. the people are saying -- i have heard people say what does it matter what the federal government does? we have an epidemic of obesity. as an icon, a design, really going to make a difference? if you can look at this plate and see i'm supposed to eat more fruits and vegetables, there's hope that will help especially with school children. that's who they really use the pyramid is with school children. i know my kids have brought home food pyramids they have colored in over the years. i can also tell you i don't know that they really understood what that food pyramid was trying to tell them. hopefully it will be different with the plate. >> i think it has something to do with an egyptian burial tomb, but anyway. elizabeth cohen, senior medical correspondent on this breaking
news coming from the fda and the agriculture department. they're going to replace the food pyramid with a plate. elizabeth, thanks so much. >> thank you. even though this weekend kicks off the summer travel season, in the mountain west record amounts of snow means no camping, no hiking, no driving. take a look at this picture. this is yellowstone. words like epic and monster being used to describe the snow pack that's covering the mountains in almost every western state. the red on this map shows where the snow records are being broken. we're going to get to that. and people trying to get to the mountain resorts like yellowstone, the tetons, are finding roads blocked by snow. it's almost june. that's the memorial day weekend officially taking off summer vacation plans. parts of the country still covered in snow. i can't believe it, bonnie schneider. but i flew over the houns this week, and sure enough, the snow pack is incredible. >> it is. it's incredible because right
now looking at google earth i have impose the snow pack and it covers nine states right now have snow. some of it very heavy. i added yellowstone national park and yosemite to show you those are some of the areas covered with snow. particularly yellowstone where you saw road closures and some limitations. down at yosemite, what's happening now is there is some snow melt and it's causing those waterfalls to rush an even higher volume of water. makes for a pretty picture but it can be treacherous. one of the reasons we're seeing this is the temperatures have been colder than normal. we've seep the cold air plunge farther south and linger longer. unfortunately, with this setup we have a brand new storm system working its way across the mountain west and this is important to note for the holiday weekend for thousands of you that are going to be traveling. look for five inches of snow at the higher elevations in the sierra nevada down into california.
you can see heavy snow. these advisories are in place now. they will go through tomorrow. however, as with we head further eastward, look what is happening. not only are we looking at wintry weather in terms of snowfall accumulation, 5 to 9 inches in the mountains, and 3 to 6 in the valleys. well, down further to the south, here into utah we're looking at very strong winds that will blow the snow around. northwesterly winds 15 to 25 miles per hour, gusts even higher than that. that's going to make travel more treacherous. while the snow is great news for those of you looking to get some spring skiing in. unfortunately, getting there isn't going to be so easy. in libya trauma workers fighting a war of the wounded. >> in the last few months maybe 50 cases like this case. >> ben wedeman inside libya's war zone going behind the scenes at a war zone hospital. hmmm, you can't do that. but you can do this.
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there's been a series of blasts around the libyan capital of tripoli this morning. nato continuing to carry out air strikes against moammar gadhafi's forces. rebels are fighting the libyan military on the ground and the casualties are heavy. in misrata our ben wedeman visited what's been called the hospital in hell. doctors battle death and often lose. we want to warn you some of the pictures you're about to see are very graphic. >> reporter: the doctors and nurses at misrata's hospital
have seen too many days like this. the ward is crowded with the wounded. doctors struggling to piece back together bodies torn apart by bombs, bullets, and rockets on the front lines. dr. mohammed abushamed has just removed what was left of this man's left eye pierced by shrapnel. >> how many operations on the eye have you done in the last three months? >> maybe 50 cases like this case. >> this man has multiple wounds, a fractured femur and severe facial injuries. part of his jaw is gone. the doctor says ahmed, his nephew, was taking a break for lunch up on the front when a rocket landed nearby. >> he needs a plastic surgeon. >> and do you have a plastic surgeon? >> because part of the mandible is lost. skin and bone, muscle. >> and do you have a plastic surgeon here? >> no. >> reporter: on this day this
hospital received nine dead, so far treated more than 40 wounded from the front lines and as bad as that might seem, it is by no means this hospital's worst day. when the fighting in misrata was at its worst, the wards were crammed, the wounded were treated in the hallways, even in the parking lot. opposition fighter ahmed is breting his last breaths. he has massive abdominal injuries from a mortar wound. the doctor who operated on him asked us to obscure his face because he has rel at thises in tripoli. >> i don't think he's going to make it. unfortunately, we've done everything for him, but this is -- his heart rate now is 25. it's zero now as you see it now, and medical in this place they don't want to stop the ventilator until he is completely flat line where there is no heart rate. as long as there's a heart beating, they're going to
continue, but the chance for this gentleman to make it is almost zero. >> reporter: shortly afterwards, the line goes flat. nurses detach med's body from the life support equipment and cover his face. ben wedeman, cnn, misrata, libya. president obama arrived back at the white house tonight wrapping up a six-day trip to europe. he ended in poland where memories of the old soviet union are still strong. here is our white house correspondent ed henry from warsaw. >> reporter: on this final stop in poland, the u.s. president has really hit two big themes, the first trying to reassure the polish people that america will be there to defend it. there's a lot of mistrust here in poland about the intentions of russia. this former soviet bloc national concerned about russia blocking that missile defense shield for this region. concerns maybe russia has bad intenses. the president trying to reassure poland that even as a young
member of nato, that there's now such thing as a new member of nato. that the u.s. and its allies will rush to poland's defense no matter what. the other big theme was something the president talked about in france where he says he sees some similarities, some peril lels between the arab spring playing out right now in the middle east and north africa and what happened here in central and eastern europe after the crumbling of the berlin wall, the fall of the soviet union, the struggle, the transition to democracy. there may be some lessons learned from the past that could be pivotal now in the middle east and north africa and along the way at this joint news conference with the polish prime minister, the president made an impassioned plea to the american people. >> even at a time when we have fiscal constraints, even at a time where i spend most of my day thinking about our economy, i want the american people to understand we've got to leave
room for us to continue our tradition of providing leadership when it comes to freedom, democracy, human rights. >> reporter: after returning to the white house saturday night, it's right back to work for the president. on sunday he's heading to missouri to attend a memorial service and try to comfort some of the people devastated by those tornadoes in joplin. ed henry, cnn, warsaw. there was some emotional testimony in the casey anthony murder trial. sunny hostin will tell us about it. that's next. we used to bet who could get closest to the edge.
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love the nubs! >> you can never bring caylee back for casey. but you can help end this nightmare by sending her home. i'll ask you all individually and collectively to render a verdict of not guilty. that is casey anthony's -- that is casey anthony's defense attorney addressing jurors in the florida courtroom this week. casey anthony is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter caylee back in 2008. her mother and her ex-boyfriend testified today. the defense team has launched a stunning defense strategy that includes allegations of incest in the family, fear and an accidental drowning of a little girl. i got some reaction from sonny hostin contributor to "in session" on our sister network, trutv.
>> i think, drew, over these past couple of years, we all wondered how do you defend a case like this given the fact that this young mother didn't report her little girl missing for 31 days? how do you defend that? well, now we know, you defend it by saying she is the victim of incest. the victim of childhood sexual abuse. child abuse changes you, and that is why she akacted this way. this defense has really pointed the finger at george anthony. the case has become all about george anthony. he's been on the stand three times already and it's the first week. that has been just unbelievable for me. but let's face it, drew, this is a circumstantial case. there is no the one witness that's going to testify to the fact that they saw casey anthony murder her child. not one witness is going to testify that they saw casey anthony put little caylee into a trunk of a car.
and so interestingly enough, while the defense is a stretch, the prosecution's story doesn't make a lot of sense either. so first week we've got at least probably seven to eight weeks left of this trial. we'll see what happens. >> well, it's really got a lot of twists and turns. we will, of course, continue to follow that. it's just been wow from the start. let's talk about a case that we're probably not going to learn a lot about, and that is this megachurch pastor,bishop eddie long. a couple guys coming out months ago and accuse him of basically wining and dining and bribing him for sex. now we learn that everything has gone away, everything has settled, and we're all supposed to, what? ignore anything went on? >> isn't that interesting? both sides issued statements, this case has been resolved. what does that tell me? that tells me that perhaps part of the settlement deal was na no one could say anything.
so willing we learn what could have happened, what really happened? i don't think so. this case is resolved. it's done. we're not going to hear anything else about it. sunny, i want to ask you one more case really and this is amanda knox, the american college student convicted of murder over in italy. she is appealing her case, says she didn't do it. the italian legal system seems to be going through this appeal where a lot of holes in the original prosecution are appearing, and now italian lawmakers are coming to amanda knox's defense saying perhaps we need to open an investigation on the prosecutor over there. where does this case stand now and is it likely any kind of italian political involvement could spring amanda knox? >> i think so. i think it is extremely significant that policymakers are saying this doesn't smell right. there's something wrong.
we need to investigate this. we know her trial is now on appeal, and in italy that's almost like getting a new trial. what we're hearing from italy is that there were experts that found that the evidence wasn't credible, and so, you know, i wonder then that part of it, the appeal, finding that perhaps the evidence isn't credible, and now you have lawmakers also saying we don't like the way this investigation was done. that is going to certainly put the pressure on the appellate court, on the italian judicial system, and we may see amanda knox coming home. >> sunny hostin joins us every week at this time to discuss legal issues and you can watch her week days during "in session" on trutv. the taliban taking credit for another attack. that report next. plus restoring rinse.ing it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger.
some of the top stories tonight, taliban militants say they deliberately targeted a high level meeting between nato and afghan officials in northern afghanistan today. seven people there were killed, nine others hurt when a suicide bomber blew himself up. among the injured, the head of nato's northern afghanistan command. he's said to be in stable condition. a scary landing for passengers aboard a delta air lines flight. pittsburgh to atlanta was the route. the flight 2284, more than 40 passengers, 5 crew on board. caught fire shortly after touching down at hartsfield-jackson international
airport in atlanta. fire crews calls and doused the plan. the passengers had to be evacuated onto the taxiway using the emergency slides. delta says no reports anyone was hurt. just in time for your memorial day road trip, gas prices falling throughout the country. the national average now at $3.81 a gallon. down from $3.99 just a couple weeks ago but it's still a lot more than we paid for last year, about $1 higher than it was last year. rare images of one of hollywood's sexiest women, marilyn monroe, made public. only a handful of people have ever seen them. you will see them next. with honey nut cheerios cereal. kissed with real honey. and the 100% natural whole grain oats can help lower your cholesterol. you are so sweet to me. bee happy. bee healthy. so delicious. i think you'll find it's the vegetables. deliciously rich. flavorful! [ female announcer ] together at last. introducing new stouffer's farmers' harvest with sides of lightly sauteed farm-picked vegetables.
do you feel the breeze from the subway. isn't it delicious? >> that's the image most of us have of marilyn monroe "the seven year itch." nearly 50 years after her death we're getting an exclusive look at never before seen photos of her before she was hollywood's most legendary sex pot and the story of how these photos were discovered is pretty amazing. we get it from alan duke in los angeles. tell us the story. >> reporter: well, it's one of those interesting mysteries of some photographs apparently taken 60 years ago. you know, i have broken a couple stories in the past few months about these kind of photo finds and one begets another, and the
latest is anton fury's story. i met with him at a beverly hills gallery this week. we taped a conversation. i suppose maybe we could show some of that and you will hear his explanation of what happened. >> in 1980 i was a fledgling photographer, but i was also collecting toys, so every thursday, friday, saturday i would go out and hit all the garage sales in my area in new jersey. i found an envelope of negatives, didn't know what they were, but i realized they were old. they were 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 so they were medium format nag tiffs negatives. i think i paid $1 or $2 for the package. i took it home, put them on the light board with a loop and needless to say, i mean, these are marilyn. so that was probably my greatest garage sale discovery ever. >> what we have is a big mystery here.
these photos of this iconic face before it was an icon. let's bring david in. david w. streets woz gallery we're in. you brought these to him just this week. what did you think when you saw these? >> i know they're taken here in los angeles. in that we can really come across from the backgrounds that we see in the photos. you see hollywood hills, hollywood 1950s architecture. we know that marilyn was here working. she had been photographed in the '40s by bernard of hollywood. she was working here. and this is probably somewhere around 1950. and so i have looked for early photographs, early shots, test shots, magazine shots, books, and haven't been able to find anything yet. so the mystery we're just beginning to unravel. >> as we unravel it and perhaps somebody will see this on cnn and say my uncle earl took these
pictures and they want to claim these pictures what's going to happen. >> there are may more questions than answers at this point. >> as we do research into where these photos were taken, who took them, why they ended up at the garage sale, maybe we will report back and let you know what we find out, but certainly they're a refreshing different look at marilyn just as she was on the start of her fame. >> you know, i'm looking at the big screen over here because i'm looking more at the house than at her because if that house still exists, certainly somebody is going to know it just from that's my house, that's my neighbor's house. odds are the house may exist from what i'm seeing. >> we have some theories and a lot of calls are out and we'll find out whose house that was. but it was 1950, just before asphalt jungle and "all about eve" when she was a very much unknown actress model.
>> great story. thanks for bringing it to us. a movement known as slut walk is going global. it's latest stopping point is australia. women are posting on facebook urging others to join them in these walks to demand the right to wear what they want. why? it all started in canada last month in response to a police officers wh said women should, quote, avoid dretsing like sluts in order not to be victimized. a march was planned in melbourne for today and then in sydney and brisbane. coffee lovers in cuba are getting an unwelcome jolt these days. a cup of joe is becoming harder and harder to find. shasta darlington explains why from havana. >> reporter: cuban coffee. these days a little more bitter with less of a jolt. that's because beginning this month the coffee offered on the communist country's ration card is mixed with roasted peas.
a combination they thought they left behind in 2005. but the soars price of coffee imports made the government change their mind. some like this car park guard welcome the change. the first time i had coffee it was mixed with peas, he says. i liked it, and i'll keep on liking it. but most cubans are not nearly as complacent. undeniably the mixed cough is inferior quality, he says. you don't have to be a scientist to know that. the quality just isn't the same for those who like to drink good pure coffee says another woman. in fact, the new mixture is only 50% java. the rest roasted peas. president rasual castro himself said the government would no longer pay to subsidize the demand for coffee. the new four ounce bag is just four pesos.
the equivalent of a few cents. but milene says she has to mix it with expensive coffee from the supermarket. she says it plugs up the coffee maker. i'm going to cook up a mocha pot here. this is what most cubans use to make their coffee. but i have been told i have to be careful and that's because apparently peas expand a lot faster a lot more than coffee and these can explode. now, for the real test. definitely very bitter. cafes and restaurants still serve the pure coffee that cuba is famous for but the caribbean island once a net exporter of the beans now imports more than half of its annual consumption. shasta darlington, cnn, havana.
in addition to our war dead, this weekend we're remembering thousands of widows across this country. one young woman who became a widow at the age of 21 went on to build a sisterhood for those like her. first, another shutout from a shoulder. >> this is sergeant frazier currently serving in baghdad, iraq. i want to wish everyone a happy memorial day and give a shut out to jeff gordon. hope you take it this weekend. god bless. [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse.
on this memorial day weekend americans remember our fallen heroes but for thousands of widows across the country every day is their memorial day. taryn davis lost her husband at 21. she wept on to build a sisterhood for those like her determined to turn grief in tri ump and survival. that's why this is this week's cnn hero.
>> my husband michael was killed in baghdad iraq. even four years later people still don't really know how to react when you say, hi, i'm taryn and i am a widow. after the funeral i felt ostracized. everybody liked to write off my grief due to my young age. you're young, you'll get remarried. i just wanted to talk about it with other widows. they're not going to tell me i'm grieving wrong. i just wanted to create what i was searching for and just hope for others out there that could come and help me build it, too. i'm taryn davis and i invite a new generation of military widows to share their love, their sacrifice, and their survival. >> follow me, guys. >> we hold these events because they step outside of that comfort zone. >> his impact will continue to affect us all for the rest of our lives.
>> there are moments where you can reflect followed by that time where they feel like they're living life to the fullest. >> my little sister wrote taryn. she didn't know how to get through the loss and so she wanted me to find other sisters. from pie first event i went from feeling completely alone to not anymore at all. >> you get up that high, you see the world a different way, and i think as widows we see our life a different way when we land. >> these military widows have given me life again. they teach me so much and show me how far i've come and to know one day another widow is going to come along and they're going to be the one that's changing that widow's life. that's pretty amazing. >> taryn's organization is connected nearly 800 widows through her online community and retreats. to nominate someone you know, you can go to cnnheroes.com and tell us about them. two years ago air france flight 447 crashed into the atlantic ocean killing all 228 people on board.
it was a big mystery until now. a new report is out shedding light on why the plane went down. our richard quest has seen the report and breaks it down for us. richard? >> reporter: the findings of fact from the french investigators have really told us an enormous amount about the last terrifying moments of flight 447. ever since the pipes became clogged with ice, the speed sensors failed, the autopilot disengaged, the auto throttles clicked out, and the entire aircraft went into an emergency situation. we know the pilots were aware of what was happening. what's not clear is why one of the pilots or the pilot flying brought the nose up because that seemed to be contrato everything pilots are ever taught. having recovered from this initial or at least stabilized the aircraft they call the captain back from his rest
break. in an emergency obviously that's the first thing you would do, and then a second stall, a more serious actually does take hold of the plane. by that once again for some reason maybe they didn't understand the severity of the situation or the attitude of the aircraft, but all the indication from the data show the pilot pulled back on the side stick and the nose came up. and, in fact, as it did so, the angle of attack to the wing reached 40 degrees. the pitch attitude 16 degrees. the horizontal stabilizer stayed at 13 degrees. this plane was almost in takeoff configuration of direction when, of course, it should have been going pointing down to try to build up speed to defeat the storm. they never managed to do that and the plane continued to fall out of the sky. in fact, it fell at a horrifying 10,000, 11,000 feet a minute
which is just about unimaginable for what the passengers on board were suffering until it finally hit the water. the numbers and the results and what we've heard so far will all be analyzed and compiled into the final report in some months' time. we know a lot more about what happened, but it will be up to the final report, and we may never know why the cockpit crew continued to keep the nose up when every pilot from cessna to jumbo jet understands and is taught that when the plane stalls, you have to lose height to gain speed to save the aircraft. richard quest, cnn, london. here in this country the faa unveiling a new food pyramid to help consumers with their health. that report is next. and a new sport that uses a kite to propel surfers across the
a decades old icon that a lot of us grew up with getting a dramatic makeover. the agriculture department is trading in a food pyramid for a food plate. many nutritionists say the pyramid was just too confusing. the evacuation order lifted tonight for people living near a chemical plant in north carolina. the plant seemed to explode this afternoon. a huge fireball caught in these pictures erupting from the chemical codings planned in hudson, 70 miles net of charlotte. it prompted an evacuation of homes and businesses. it shut down a highway as well. no reports of injuries. the fire right now is out. a scary landing for passengers aboard a delta airlines flight from pittsburgh to atlanta. more than 40 passengers and crew members of 5 on board.
it caught fire shortly after landing in atlanta. fire crews were called, the plane doused. the passengers evacuated through the emergency slides. but delta says no reports of injuries. the human rights group amnesty international is celebrating its 50th anniversary. that group was founded by a british lawyer who wrote an article defending two students in portugal who had been jailed for raising their glasses in a toast to freedom. amnesty now claims more than 3 million supporters in more than 150 countries. and in the netherlands the so-called drug tourism, it may be on the way out. the infamous coffee houses in amsterdam and other cities well-known as purveyors of legal marijuana. now the dutch government wants to make them off limits to tourists. part of a campaign to curb drug use and crime and under the new policy even dutch citizens could have their access severely restricted.
forget wind surfing. why not reach higher? try kite boarding this summer. a rapidly growing sport that uses a kite to propel surfing across the water. take a look. >> i'm billy bosch in cocoa beach at the ron john surf school and we teach people how to kite board. ♪ >> we get a lot of professionals, doctors, lawyers, the most we probably get are pilots and engineers. >> it's a form of flying and sailing so pilots are already kind of in touch with that.
>> we're pumping up the kites and we're going to set the lines onto the kites. how it works is push and pull. i will turn and i will push with my outside hand, pull with the other, and that's what directs the kite and makes the kite steer left and right. when i pull in on the bar, it creates more power and it wants to pull me. when i release the bar, it depowers the kite. ♪ >> we get a lot of exercise. you burn a lot of good calories and it keeps you young because you have to carry all your kite gear out, pump your kites up, carry your boards and battle the ocean. it's a lot of fun. if you're not in shape, it will get you in shape. >> full body workout, your legs, core, shoulders, arms. >> everything. >> it's a life changing experience to fly kites in the water.